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  • 14 December 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal

Mohun Bagan 0-1 Dempo SC: Shambolic Bagan undone at home

Mohun Bagan 0-1 Dempo SC: Shambolic Bagan undone at home

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A pale display from the home side helped Dempo take home all three points from the fixture, courtesy of a goal from Holicharan Narzary in the first half.

Dempo Sports Club got the better of Mohun Bagan in an I-League match played in Kolkata with Holicharan Narzary (33') scoring the solitary goal of the fixture.

Karim Bencherifa elected to field an unchanged side from the one that was held by Mumbai FC in the midweek with substitute Sathyan Sabeeth not winning a start despite scoring the goal which earned his start a point.

Meanwhile Dempo’s Mauricio Afonso made two changes as Holicharan Narzary and Simon Colosimo started for the injured Debabrata Roy and the suspended Peter Carvalho. 

Mohun Bagan began on a positive note with Katsumi Yusa probing for an opening though he didn’t find much luck.

There was a moment of controversy in the tenth minute when Ram Malik's cross from the right was blocked in the penalty box by Narayan Das who used his arm in the process. However the referee did not show an interest amidst appeals for a penalty from the home side.

Just four minutes later, Bagan could have taken the lead after Echezona Anyichie was left free to head the ball at the far post off a Denson Devadas free-kick. The Nigerian defender however headed it over. The chance came after a great lofted ball from Yusa had released Ram Malik down the right who was bundled over by Das.  

In the 21st minute, Alwyn George found Holicharan in the box whose angled header just went wide of the far post with Sandip Nandy relieved to see it going out.

Three minutes from the half hour mark, Dempo should have been ahead if not for an acrobatic goal-line save by Anyichie. Nandy’s poor clearance was seized on by George who tried a speculative effort from about 30 yards seeing the custodian off his line.

It was Dempo who made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute through Holicharan. A Narayan Das cross from the left found an unmarked George on the far post whose shot was deflected on to Holicharan's path off Anyichie. Holicharan made no mistake, smashing the ball past Nandy which gave him no chance. 

In the 40th minute, the away side could have doubled their lead when a Colosimo ball played across the goalmouth from the right following a corner, wreaked havoc in the Mariners' box. It was a last ditch Kingshuk Debnath block to avert the danger with two Dempo players just ahead of him, trying to get on the end of it. 

It was a poor display from both sides in the second half as they failed to do produce anything of note as the match was devoid of any semblance of quality. 

It was only in the 70th minute that Mohun Bagan finally decided to press for that elusive equaliser as they had a flurry of chances.

In a span of fifteen minutes Mohun Bagan had atleast four gilt edged chances to go ahead. First it was another driving run from Katsumi with the Japanese eventually finding Odafa out wide on the right. The Nigerian decided to return the favour propping the ball up towards Katsumi who neatly flicked it on to an unmarked Sabeeth who somehow wasted too much time seeing his effort blocked. 

Then it was Odafa himself who struck the post with a towering header off a Manish Bhargav cross. Christopher's effort on the rebound was declared offside while it was going wide anyway. 

From an Odafa freekick, it was Echezona who just headed narrowly over the bar before Manish Bhargav's effort from range was held easily by Kattimani. 

Five minutes from time, Katsumi linked up with Odafa again who tried to go for glory instead of picking out Christopher who was unmarked on the right. His blocked effort came back to Katsumi who smashed the shot over. 

Dempo managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth to record a memorable away win in Kolkata which proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Goans. 

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